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of the 16th street baptist church ibirmingham 50 years ago which served as a catalyst for the civil rights movement. in addition, mr. speaker, we'll take up h.r. 1549, the helping sick americans now act. this bill authored by representatives joe pitts, michael burgess, and ann wagner, will help americans with pre-existing conditions obtain insurance coverage without delay. we'll also consider h.r. 527, the responsible helium administration and stewardship act, a bipartisan bill sponsored by chairman hastings. this legislation applies free market principles to future sales from the federal helium reserve and will protect thousands of american jobs. i thank the gentleman. i yield back. mr. hoyer: i thank the majority leader for the information for next week. i would observe that he and i co-chaired, honorary co-chairs, john lewis the chair, our leader, along with terry sewell and spencer bachus and congresswoman roby, delegation, to march across the ed mupped pet tiss bridge to recognize -- edmund pettus bridge to recognize the voting rights act and the acts that led up to that. the goad med
sometimes takes a long time to pass, civil rights legislation, health care reform. what remains to be seen is if there is the power and solidarity and commitment of people saying we are going to make this a decade's long crusade to get something done. that sometimes is the formula to get things passed through congress. illinois, independent line, good morning. caller: my comment about immigration and the news media is that the news media abuse everything through the political process. it is always about the eternal elections, who is ahead, who is behind, who is going to benefit. i wish the media would spend more time covering the american people. what is going on with real people in america? i recommend you get out of the beltway, get out of manhattan, and see how real americans live. the big problem in america is our trade laws, or open borders, driving down the wage levels in america. average american people are having a very difficult time making a living. the idea that you can open up immigration and let millions and millions of people into this country is asinine. corporate media like
a reflection from the chair of the new england interfaith council and the civil rights outreach director of the american islamic -- the american isla mic congress. >> in the name of god, the most compassionate and most merciful, mr. president, governor patrick, mayor menino, and fellow citizens, we are gathered together to mourn the loss of life in a criminal attack on our community. what happened on monday has shocked and horrified us, but it has also brought us together. i ask you to share the message my my community's culture.-- , community scripture. i want tcisa t ld i was living at the time in damascus, syria. one afternoon while walking back home from school, i experienced the terror of a car bomb that exploded on my route. i will never forget the sound of the blast, the rush of hy, and the anger and the fear. these feelings returned on monday. it is a line from the muslim holy scripture, the passage declares it is inspired by the jewish tradition, that "whoever kills a soul, it is as if he had killed mankind entirely, and whoever saves a life, it is as if he saved all of mankind.
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